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SB 810, the bill before the California Legislature to provide affordable healthcare for all, died in committee on Tuesday.  The Assembly Speaker did not bring SB 810 to the legislators for a vote.  Word is that democrats facing reelection in November were afraid to vote for the bill because their republican opponents would use the vote against them.  Apparently everyone – democrat and republican alike – believes votes are clueless about the travesty health care is today.  Maybe they are.  Somehow I thought it was mostly that handful of noisy Tea Party members.  Oh, and the other reason SB 810 died is the healthcare money flooding the legislature, to buy its demise.  More soon from Legislator Mark Leno, bill sponsor, about this.

Do you suppose enough local and regional news sources will pick up the Time’s story about businesses pushing increased health care costs on their employees?  Wouldn’t that be a public service?  Listen, you voters with health insurance through work:  those benefits are not forever and they are not free.  If you are resisting universal healthcare because you don’t want to lose your current benefits, the truth is that universal healthcare is not your problem.  Your employer and your employer’s insurer are the problem.   Think you can control either of them?  Ha.

A few lines from the Times story:

“Workers’ share of the cost of a family policy jumped an average of 14 percent, an increase of about $500 a year. The cost of a policy rose just 3 percent, to an average of $13,770.

Workers are now paying nearly $4,000 for family coverage, according to the survey, and their costs have increased much faster than those of employers.”

Did you catch that?  Workers costs increased much faster than their employer’s.

SB 810 will be back before the Legislature next year, vows Leno.  Read more from Leno here, or from activists devoted to our well being here.    Let’s hope we voters realize who is in their corner.  It isn’t their employer or the healthcare industry.  We need to do something to make our elected officials less afraid.  LLII.

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